YOP Wk of 9/12-18: Wool Festival Purchases, an FO, and New WIPs

Wool Gathering – Yellow Springs, OH

It was soooo nice to get to attend a yarn festival again. Not that I have much experience. My first was this one 2 years ago. I can’t afford to attend very many – too much temptation. More than the Vogue Live Marketplace I visited once when it was in Columbus, OH, a festival like this really makes you feel you are helping small businesses. The festival is held at a family run dairy instead of a downtown hotel like the Vogue Live Events. Can you tell I’m not a fan of Vogue Live and have no intention of attending another one??

That means 462 grams of yarn got added to my stash. Not looking good for ending the year with a net minus in my stash. And it’s not even like it’s email alerts to sales that are my downfall. It was a knitting friend letting me know a yarn I like was on 50% sale at a LYS, a yarn swap with my knitting friends, and this festival for the most part. Hmmm, I need to add to my knitting tracking calendar where I bought/got the yarn if I ever really want to get a handle on decreasing my stash.

I went to the festival knowing of 4 venders I wanted to buy from and indeed I bought from all four. Deep Dyed Yarns out of Nicholasville, KY makes the most vibrant yarns with a glittery metallic thread woven through. One skein, Starry Night, I’m splitting with a friend. While one skein is called Black Hills, it’s perfect as a Halloween sock yarn – again with glittery thread. The third is just gorgeous fallish colors.

Deep Dyed Yarns

Redbird Yarn Studio from Columbus, OH had a much more limited supply of yarn this year although she promised to have more Christmas colorways on her website in October. So I left the Christmas skein for another customer and bought a skein with beautiful browns, golds/oranges, and grey which I think my son will like with a bright orange contrast for the toes/heels. Indeed she was almost sold out of self striping yarns by lunchtime Saturday.

Redbird Yarn Studio

I have several project bags from Twisted Yarn and Fibers. She has the cutest fabrics!! I managed to resist buying more bags but did find a circular needle holder that I want for transporting my circular needles and cords to Florida in a few months.

Twisted Yarn And Fiber

I did end up buying the ball winder that I’ve had my eye on for 2 years. I can’t wait to wind the remaining skeins I need for Sara’s Sailormoon and to split the skein of Starry Night I just bought.

Fiber Artist Supply Co

The final purchase was a cute t-shirt that is embroidered instead of printed. I love the reddish color of the t-shirt and the saying fits me well (my son loved it).

DreamWeaver Fiber Arts T-shirt

Swirl E Socks Got Finished!!

I did get my Redbird Harvest yarn socks finished in time to wear and show the shop owner. I got several compliments on the Swirl E pattern as well as the beautiful striped yarn.

Swirl E Socks

NEW WIPs

Finished FO means it’s time for casting on!!! I cast-on for the third time my Advent 2019 colorwork socks. I had finished one cuff before I realized I should have gone down a needle size. So since it was only the cuff I frogged it and am now half way through the first cuff.

Cuff of Advent 2019 Sock

We have a bunch of thermal tumblers which are perfect for summer and Florida. They do get hot in the heat so I’ve been saying it would be easy for me to knit cozies for them. Well, I finally have gotten started on one. It’s the perfect project to take to the soccer game for before, halftime, and after game knitting since it’s straight stockinette. My leftover Fixation yarn is perfect for making cozies since it’s cotton and spandex.

Fixation Cozy

I did get the swatch for Sara’s Sailormoon blocked so I’m ready to start her sweater. My priority for the coming weeks will be her sweater and the Advent 2019 socks. That’s a lot of happy knitting.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.

18 thoughts on “YOP Wk of 9/12-18: Wool Festival Purchases, an FO, and New WIPs

  1. You certainly got some wonderful treasures from your fiber fest. That yarn winder looks amazing. Let us know how well it works. Glad you got to show your socks to the vendor who you got the yarn from. Bet she was happy to know the yarn didn’t just sit in your stash.

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  2. Oooh… so much eye candy here! Those deep dyed yarns are just beautiful, but I love all your autumn colored yarns. Would love to read a review on the yarn winder, too. It looks well made and sturdy. And attractive, too. FUN t-shirt! 🙂

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    1. I can attest that it is study based on using my friends. I will definitely plan a review as I’ll be winding all skeins that I think I will use in Florida. I will be winding a yarn that gave me fits with my Michaels winder so I will definitely be able to say if the wooden winder is better.

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  3. In-person small/local shows are so much fun. There’s one every Sept in southern Colorado we try to go to. You picked up some beautiful new yarns. I’d be interested in a ball-winder review if you have inclination. I’ve got an ancient one that is on it’s last legs and needs a replacement!

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  4. I haven’t been to an in-person festival in a while but I do love the smaller ones held by local guilds and businesses. It is so amazing and inspiring to see what people who live near me are doing with their fiber! I think you did well with your purchases. I’m also eager to know how your ball winder fares. I do alright with mine but I do love a well-made tool and often wonder if it might be time to upgrade!

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    1. Thanks. I am excited to knit up the sock yarns I bought. I feel kinda “duh” about the tumblers. Embarrassingly my hubby has been using old socks on his tumbler because it get too hot to hold. He definitely needs a nice knitted one.

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  5. Oh my goodness your yarn purchases are amazing and what a cool ball winder. Mine is not nearly so pretty. I haven’t been to a fiber festival for at least two years. Knit City did have one last weekend, but I must admit with CoVid I didn’t feel safe enough to go as it was indoors. Maybe next spring I will find myself revelling in luxurious yarns at Fibre West

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